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The Ghanaian village where phone calls are a luxury: How Abuorso residents wait once every 3 days to get network signal

A secluded farming community of Abuorso, Eastern Region, 1,500 residents face persistent challenges due to irregular mobile network coverage, forcing them to gather under a specific tree in a bamboo shed to make essential calls.

Situated 25 kilometres from Begoro, the community experiences distress as vital services and economic activities heavily rely on mobile communication, leaving them isolated from the outside world.

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The makeshift communication hub, a bamboo shed under the tree, becomes a focal point where residents eagerly await network signals to make crucial calls.

Privacy concerns arise as calls must be put on loudspeakers to avoid losing the signal if the phone is moved.

The network outage not only inconveniences the residents but significantly impacts critical services such as healthcare delivery, requiring costly transportation to access the call centre due to the lack of connectivity.

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Furthermore, the absence of reliable mobile coverage has emboldened armed robbers, terrorising commuters on the Abuorso to Dedeso road for over a decade.

Residents, like driver Opanyin Kwaku Kyere, attribute the increased criminal activity to the ongoing network issues and plead for urgent government intervention: “We are pleading to the government to help us get a network to enable us to communicate with our friends and family. We feel disconnected from the rest of the country.”

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In light of the Sustainable Development Goal nine, emphasising increased access to information and communications technology, Abuorso residents are urging the government to address connectivity challenges swiftly, putting an end to their communication struggles and enabling them to lead connected lives.

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